Coming Thursday: Rock the Park with Marksmen, Dynasty, Alexander and the Grapes and tbt*!
We're still recovering from tbt*'s 2011 Ultimate Local Music Guide, our annual exploration of the best music Tampa Bay has to offer. On Thursday, we'll be able to kick our heels up a little more.
Every year we throw a concert featuring some of our top bands -- check out our 2009 and 2010 shows at Skipper's Smokehouse. This year, for a change, we're actually holding two concerts. And the first is coming up Thursday at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.
For Cinco de Mayo, tbt* is taking over Curtis Hixon's monthly "Rock the Park" series with a show by southern indie rockers Marksmen, above; golden-tinged folk group Alexander and the Grapes; and, in a special collaboration, hip-hop phenom Dynasty backed by local favorites d'Visitors.
How did that one come about, you ask?
"Well, I'm friends with all of them," Dynasty said. "I've hopped on stage with them a couple of times before but I've never had a formal set with them. This will be our first time. I thought it would be cool to add the element of the band for the park. I know that we'll have a nice, diverse crowd and I just felt like they'd really enjoy the sound of d'Visitors. I will be doing all of my songs with them, including a remix of one of their songs, Fela. I can't wait!"
Neither can we. The concert runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Hixon Park, next to the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa. Admission is free. (And stay tuned for info on our next Rock the Park concert on June 2, with another killer lineup.)
And if that's not enough incentive, how does a little cash money sound? If you haven't checked out tbt*'s Ultimate Music Fan Contest, you've still got plenty of time to do so. Click here to vote for your favorite of tbt*'s 2011 Ultimate Local Bands, and you could win $250. Plus, the band with the most votes will receive studio time at Big3 Studios in St. Petersburg. Maybe the'll write a song about you! Probably not, but it could happen!
If you're in a band, or you're a Soundcheck reader, come out to Curtis Hixon and say hello. We'd love to meet you. See you then!
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Melissa Lyttle, tbt*